Experience an intimate simulation of sensuality and severity of colour by acclaimed British Artist, Christopher Le Brun, at A3 Berlin. With a career spanning almost four decades, Le Brun is regarded as one of the leading European painters of his generation. Le Brun’s perception of the world is affected by music and is heavily inspired by composers from the late Romanticism period. Now Turn the Page features new oil paintings, and mixed media works on paper, and invites visitors to feel, to sense, to coexist in the old and the magically new.
When art meets music, the harmony and abstract emotions coexist to reveal a sense of mystery and escapism.
Each brushstroke transcends normal limitations, pushing quite boundaries, and creating a continuous pressure between what was intentionally revealed or concealed.
Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. Born in Portsmouth, UK and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London, Christopher Le Brun first gained public notice as the emerging bright star of English painting through his presence in Zeitgeist, the 1982 Berlin exhibition curated by Christos M. Joachimides and Sir. Norman Rosenthal at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, which introduced Neo-Expressionist figuration to an international audience.
His paintings ask us to attend not only to the compelling imagery he employs, but also to the poetic and structural processes through which it is made visible.
The exhibition title, Now Turn the Page, derives from Le Brun’s childhood memory of a set of so called ‘Talking Books’. Each large format picture book was accompanied by a record so that music, storytelling and the feel and presence of a book were combined. Touch, in the instruction to “Turn the page”, brought the elements together in a single intense moment of revelation. The implication of ‘turning over a new leaf’ is less important, rather the intended emphasis of the phrase falls on uncovering and covering, looking and imagining, as these are to him the irreducible elements of the experience and significance of painting.
Credits and Copyrights: Artwork Images (Courtesy the artist and A3 Berlin. Photo: Stephen White). Installation Images (Courtesy the artist and A3 Berlin. Photo: Bernd Borchardt).